Putin’s Latest Order Stirs Fears Of Russian Preparation For Global War
WesternJournalism.com ^ | 12OCt2016 | Jack Davis
Posted on 10/14/2016, 3:50:12 PM by Jack Hydrazine
A new order from Russian leader Vladimir Putin has stirred fears across the globe that Russia is preparing for a massive conflict.
Russia has ordered all government officials to fly home any relatives living abroad, including college students regardless of any impact this has on their studies.
“This is all part of the package of measures to prepare elites to some ‘big war,’” said Russian political analyst Stanislav Belkovsky.
“It’s a fallacy to think that this is like the Cold War. The current times are different and more dangerous,” German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said of the rising tensions between Russia and the West.
According to the Russian-language site Znak.com, administration staff, regional administrators, lawmakers of all levels and employees of public corporations are covered by the order. They are warned that their chances for promotion depend upon their compliance.
The action comes in the context of many troubling developments.
Putin recently cancelled a planned Oct. 19 visit to France, which has denounced Russia’s role in the Syrian civil war.
Further, the U.S. recently broke off talks with Russia regarding finding a diplomatic solution to the Syrian crisis.
Cancelling a visit so close to its date is a “serious step… reminiscent of the Cold War,” said Russian foreign policy analyst Fyodor Lukyanov.
“This is part of the broader escalation in the tensions between Russia and the West, and Russia and NATO,” he said.
Recent Russian saber-rattling has included Russia’s action on Saturday to put nuclear-capable missiles in Kaliningrad, a Russian enclave on the Baltic Sea between Poland and Lithuania.
“We believe that the Russian response, the moving of missiles, is an inappropriate response to NATO’s activity,” Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski said.
Russia recently said that it held civil defense drills that included 40 million citizens. Russian officials have also said bunkers capable of holding all of Moscow’s 12 million residents have been constructed to protect citizens in the event of a nuclear attack.
Former Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev has warned about the rising tensions.
“I think the world has reached a dangerous point,” Gorbachev said this week.
“I don’t want to give any concrete prescriptions but I do want to say that this needs to stop. We need to renew dialogue. Stopping it was the biggest mistake.”
“It is necessary to return to the main priorities. These are nuclear disarmament, the fight against terrorism, the prevention of an environmental disaster,” Gorbachev said.
“Compared to these challenges, all the rest slips into the background,” he added.